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Surgeon Who Botched, Faked Thousands Of Procedures Sentenced To Jail

March 10, 2014 9:18 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

A New York orthopedic surgeon was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in jail Friday for one count of healthcare fraud after admitting to both botching and faking thousands of surgical procedures over the course of five years...    

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Poultry Meat Delivered To Hospital Kitchens A Source Of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

March 10, 2014 9:15 am | Comments

A new study found more than 80 percent of raw chicken used in hospitals in food for patients and staff was contaminated with a form of antibiotic resistant bacteria called extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL) producing E. coli. While sufficient preparation eliminated the presence of bacteria, poultry meat delivered to hospital kitchens remains a potential point of entry for these dangerous bacteria into the hospital...

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Research On 3D Scaffolds Sets New Bar In Lung Regeneration

March 10, 2014 9:13 am | by Jennifer Nachbur | Comments

In end-stage lung disease, transplantation is sometimes the only viable therapeutic option, but organ availability is limited and rejection presents an additional challenge. Innovative research efforts in the field of tissue regeneration hold promise for this population...

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Emerging Multi-Drug Resistant Infections Lack Standard Definition And Treatment

March 10, 2014 9:04 am | Comments

Infection control practices for detecting and treating patients infected with emerging multidrug-resistant gram-negative bacteria (MDR-GNB) vary significantly between hospitals. A study found this inconsistency could be contributing to the increase in multidrug-resistant bacteria...

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NJ Medical Center's New Care Center Redefines 'Emergency Department'

March 10, 2014 8:52 am | Comments

"It's about time for an emergency department that understands patients better," says Dean Q. Lin, FACHE, president of Ocean Medical Center. "We've taken into consideration the needs and wants of our patients, such as being seen immediately, having private rooms, and comfortable amenities for family and friends."

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Closed Hospitals Are Being Repurposed As For-Profit 'Medical Malls'

March 7, 2014 10:17 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

Real estate developers in New Jersey are buying up local abandoned hospitals and repurposing them as private medical facilities. While these "medical malls" will continue to provide much-needed care to their communities, critics are worried about the long-term consequences of their existence...

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Waiting For A Donor Heart: Motion Prolongs Survival

March 7, 2014 9:19 am | Comments

For many people with advanced cardiac insufficiency, a heart transplant may be their only hope. But waiting for a donor heart to come along is a race against time. Patients who remains active and stay in good shape psychologically can significantly increase their chances of surviving this period. Anxiety-ridden, depressive, and passive patients run the risk of further serious deterioration of their heart's ability to function...

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Complications Following Surgery Predict Costly Readmissions

March 7, 2014 9:14 am | Comments

The presence – or absence – of complications following surgery is a strong indicator of which patients are likely to be readmitted to the hospital in the 30 days following their procedure, according to a study. Predicting which patients are most likely to experience complications using a simple online tool may allow healthcare professionals to flag patients at high risk of readmission in real time...

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First Surgeon To Perform Tommy John Surgery Passes Away

March 7, 2014 9:03 am | by Beth Harris, AP Sports Writer | Comments

Dr. Frank Jobe performed groundbreaking elbow surgery on Tommy John, a Dodgers pitcher who had a ruptured medial collateral ligament in his left elbow. The injury previously had no solution until Jobe removed a tendon from John's forearm and repaired his elbow. John went on to pitch 14 years after the operation on Sept. 25, 1974, compiling 164 more victories without ever missing a start because of an elbow problem...

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Obama Proposes New Fight Against Superbugs

March 6, 2014 7:29 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | Comments

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking $30 million to open specialized laboratories in five parts of the country to help local hospitals more quickly diagnose and combat drug-resistant infections, said CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden...

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Prehospital Alerts Let Stroke Patients Skip The ER

March 6, 2014 7:20 am | Comments

Prehospital stroke alerts by emergency medical services (EMS) personnel can shorten the time to effective treatment with "clot-busting" drugs for patients with stroke, according to a recent report...              

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Younger Men Benefit Most From Surgery For Localized Prostate Cancer

March 6, 2014 7:16 am | Comments

A new study finds a substantial long-term reduction in mortality for men with localized cancer who undergo a radical prostatectomy. While the benefit on mortality appears to be limited to men less than age 65, surgery did reduce the risk of metastases and need for additional treatment in older men...

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Patient Satisfaction Can Be High, Even In Emergency Care Situations

March 6, 2014 7:13 am | Comments

The results of recent survey research suggests that patient satisfaction with care decisions and communication can be high, even in emergency care situations that require rapid and complex decision making and, in this case, quick transport to a different hospital for a critically ill patient for whom family may not be present...

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Alcohol May Ease Nerves That Cause Atrial Fibrillation

March 5, 2014 8:02 am | Comments

Doctors in the U.S. and Japan have devised a way to treat atrial fibrillation by adding a little alcohol to minimally invasive therapies that target a cluster of misbehaving nerves known to trigger arrhythmia. The researchers say the new therapy may dull or stop the transmission of electrical impulses that cause atrial fibrillation...

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Research: Quality Of Life Improves With Minimally Invasive Surgery For Low Back Pain

March 5, 2014 7:51 am | Comments

Research findings show that patients who have a low back surgery called minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion, end up better off in many ways than patients who have more invasive surgery to alleviate debilitating pain...

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